Having witnessed a peaceful transfer of power from one elected government to the next in 2013, Pakistan seemed poised for a period of political stability in 2014. This has not, however, been the case, with the government facing allegations of electoral fraud, and dealing with sustained street demonstrations and calls to resign from at least one opposition party, in addition to a politico-religious group with political aspirations. Similarly, the negotiation of a loan with the IMF under the Extended Fund Facility in September 2013 has not resulted in significant economic reform, and growth projections remain below potential.


Safiya Aftab, Independent Analyst